Moving On

April 30, 2010

Well, I don’t think that is how it was intended to happen. The Mavericks and the Blazers are officially sent home and the Suns and Spurs get to match up in the Conference Semifinals.

And everyone is critiquing Dirk for his lapse in judgement on his third and fourth fouls, and the third one is well deserved. However, am I the only one who sees George Hill grab his arm and hold him on the fourth foul, drawing the whistle. I’m not saying it wasn’t a smart play, because it was on Hill’s part, however its not “legal”. Yet, Dirk is ridiculed for that call. He was playing aggressive when his team looked to be on the brink of an old fashioned beating. Then Hill pulls a veteran move and now Dirk is the idiot.

Should he have let Hill drive? Probably. He didn’t have to play so aggressive, but that call is more a result of the referee not seeing what all went on. He saw Dirk’s arm apparently prevent Hill from driving and he made the call. Not his fault either, that’s what he is supposed to do. But to claim that Nowitzki is completely at fault is ludicrous. If anything, the Mavs lost because Kidd and Terry provided no offensive help and Carlisle was reluctant to put Beaubois in during the series.

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Champ’s Power Rankings: Week 4

November 27, 2009

Playoffs?

1. Los Angeles Lakers: OK, an early home schedule is good and all, and Pau Gasol is back and doing work, and everythings clicking. But, there is no but, the Lakers are the number one team in the league. However, I’m not sure Kobe’s increased scoring is a good sign or not.

2. Atlanta Hawks: Disclaimer: Yes I am writing this after watching their cold effort in their falling to the Orlando Magic, at home. But coming into Monday this team was still on fire, yes they deserve to be here now. Next week? watch out.

3. Denver Nuggets: Coming into the season I was concerned about Denver. Yes, drafting Ty Lawson is a HUGE plus, but they made no offseason moves to improve the team. But then, Carmello Anthony stepped up, he finally is dishing out points and rebounds like a true superstar. Tracking Anthony’s development at a recent trip to the pool really sold me on the Nuggets, they’ve come a long way. They had Allen Iverson around this time last year.

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Champ’s Power Rankings: Week One

November 3, 2009
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The 2009-2010 season has been one of immense scoring, and tremendous excitement.

bos1. Boston Celtics: I am no fool. The Celtics are legit, at this point in time the C’s are  the best team in the league. Their offense is clicking, Rasheed Wallace looks more like a contestant for the All Star Weekend NBA 3 Point Contest, rather than the Sixth Man of the Year. Rondo got his extension, a safe move to protect young talent on an aging team. Things are working out in Boston, and as of week one, no team can touch them.

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2. Orlando Magic: Just ask The Octagon, the Magic are very potent. The depth of this Magic Team is simply incredible. Their scoring recalls the glory days of the Phoenix Suns under Mike D’Antoni. Just think with J.J. (Get me a record deal!) Reddick scoring 27 points in the absence of Vince Carter, as well as Rashard Lewis’ suspension and Pietrus’ injury the Orlando Magic offense firing on all cylinders is truly scary.

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3. Los Angeles Lakers: I can’t bring myself to rank the Lakers any lower than third, they are: 1. still the best team substantially in the Western Conference 2. temporarily lacking the frontcourt depth that Pau Gasol brings and 3. they are the Los Angeles Lakers, the same Lakers that have won 15 NBA titles, brought in guys like Gasol and Ron Artest, and will continue to do anything to win Kobe another ring.

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Way to Go: Andrea Bargnani

October 28, 2009

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Way to go Andrea Bargnani.

The much criticized 1st selection of the 2006 NBA Draft, scored 28 points adding 5 rebounds, one steal and one block in the October 28th matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Season Preview: Dallas Mavericks

October 19, 2009

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A Little History:

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In Soviet Russia, Nets New Jersey You!

September 24, 2009

Mikhail Prokhorov will more than likely become the newest owner of an NBA team, offering $200 million for 80% of the New Jersey Nets team, 45% of the new Barclays Center, and the right to buy up to 20% of the company which is developing the area surrounding the stadium for retail and residential uses. The NBA will review the deal, and if 75% of the board of governors approve, then the deal will go through. If approved, Mikhail will become the first foreigner to hold a majority stake in an NBA team.

Some fun facts about Mr. Prokhorov:

  • He is Russia’s richest man, with an estimated wealth of approximately $9.5 billion. He gained most of his wealth by acquiring numerous contracts from the Russian government after they became a capitalist nation. Moral of the story: if you want to become rich, make deals immediately after a control economy becomes a capitalist one.
  • He was held in Paris, France for questioning in connection with a prostitution investigation. According to a CBSSports.com article about the deal, he was “never charged.” I believe this is journalistic code for “he definitely was involved with some prostitutes in Paris and paid off the police.” In America, spending four days in Paris is nothing extravagant. There might even be other men in Paris during those four days. According to a statistic I just made up, 74% of all American men have been in Paris, but none of them regret spending so much time in Paris until their crotch starts burning a few days later.
  • Mikhail is noted for his “gorgeous entourage,” which goes to show that post-Soviet Russia has good artistic taste.
    Not even half as annoying as Jeremy Piven.

    Not even half as annoying as Jeremy Piven.

    The more gorgeous, Russian version of the show does not feature Jeremy Piven, who was digitally replaced by the significantly more likable Jar-Jar Binks.

What possible changes or news items might we see now that Prokhorov has all but assured control in the Nets? I’ve come up with the following list:

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The Success Recipe

July 7, 2009

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Most teams around the Association have enacted the same process for going about building a team that has a great chance of winning games. They use the same basic outline and then add a few spices to the mix in order to attain the ultimate glory.

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